Jan 31, 2012

Why the Dog House Took Me a Year to Build…

2011-01-26 Ana White Dog House (10)

The #1 reason – I never used a Kreg Jig and I was intimidated. Even though Ana White said it was easy I just didn’t believe her. It really was easy.


2011-02-04 Ana White Dog House (7)

#2 The wood pieces were warped and crooked and cracked when I assembled the walls.


2011-02-04 Ana White Dog House (8)

#3 The pieces didn’t line up flush (probably builder error). The dog house required major putty and sanding.  See the 1/8” overhang on the slats.  Ugg!


#4- I no longer like to paint in the cold weather, so this stayed this way until the summer months when I could spray this with my HVLP paint gun.  I did not want to paint all those corners with a brush.


#5 – Laziness & Lost Mojo.  It sat like this from September until December.  All we needed to do was put back on the hardware and attach the already stained top. 

See that yellow dresser in the last picture.  I tried to give it away on free cycle and accidentally tipped it over into my car denting my car door and the dresser died an un-repairable death.  It was another lost mojo project.  Do you also see those shelves in the background?  I built those 2 years ago to store my decorations; someday I will write a tutorial they were easy!  But I used MDF for the shelves and those bad boys are heavy.

Good Night

Jan 22, 2012

Ana White Dog Kennel End Table

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We built this dog house for our two Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix doggies. They have to be crated when we are not home and when we sleep. They get into trouble otherwise, it is the nature of their breed. We used to have 2 metal crates for them but our younger dog, Chloe, always went into Goldie's crate with her. Now they are best buds and like to sleep together. When I saw this piece on Ana White’s website I just knew I had to build it. I found the blue damask pillow bed at TJ Maxx last year. They absolutely love their new “house”.

2012-01-22 Ana White Dog House (12)

2012-01-22 Ana White Dog House (9)

It took me a year to build. I know sad right! I had some issues early on with non-straight wood cracking and splitting, so I handed my project over to my husband where it sat in the honey-do graveyard for quite some time. By the time he did major sanding, filling and gluing, I had lost my mojo and moved onto other projects. I finally picked this back up in the fall and started painting it.

It was painted for a good couple of months before we finally attached the door and hinges.

I met someone in real life who used to read my blog and they inspired me to write again. Thanks this is such a good outlet as long as I don’t go project crazy or let let the green eyed monster take me over.

I stopped blogging because it became tedious to me. I felt like I had to link up to parties and keep going, going, going on projects. Also, 2011 was one of those years. We decided to take our house off the market (for now). We had a tragic death in our family and traveled to NY 3 times since it happened. We no longer could afford for me to stay home and homeschool, so now I am working and homeschooling. To top that off my husband had a major career change and also co-homeschools with me. I hope in 2012 we get it all figured out and lose some of the daily craziness.

I am going to have a post about everything that went wrong with this project and how we fixed it.

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